List highlights strength of work on injury claims

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No fewer than eight firms with operations in South Yorkshire secure a place in the Legal 500 rankings of solicitors dealing with personal injury issues on behalf of claimants.

The Legal 500 highlights the work of the head of Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield-based team, Adrian Budgen, as a leading asbestos lawyer.

Doncaster-based Atherton Godfrey’s team, led by John McQuater, specialises in criminal injury compensation claims and motor insurance cases, but also includes Diane Parker, who focuses on cases involving industrial disease.

Slater & Gordon’s five-partner practice is led by Simon Allen, who recently secured substantial damages in a case relating to hand-arm vibration syndrome. The practice is known for its work in cases involving employers’ liability, road traffic and foreign claims.

Thompsons Solicitors acts exclusively for individuals and trade union members and includes UNISON and Unite among its clients, who say it “remains a force to be reckoned with”.

David Jones heads the department at HLW Keeble Hawson, which includes specialist in brain and other serious injury, claims Mark Hollinghurst.

The Legal 500 also highlights the negotiating skills of Jonathan Stittle, who heads Taylor & Emmet’s team, which has recently acted for victims of severe road traffic accidents and violent crimes.

Industrial disease specialist John Pickering and Partners has particular expertise in mesothelioma claims and has recently expanded after the addition of asbestos specialists David Cass and Keith Hague from Irwin Mitchell, says the Legal 500.

Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley also secures a mention for its work with road traffic accidents and public, occupiers’ and employers’ liability cases.